Jul 9, 2014 2:09am
Re: Cavalcade of Stars with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and wretched picture quality
I am reluctant to give personal opinions on the shows I upload, as some people don't like that.
I've actually been watching little TV at all during the last couple weeks. I've been too busy with video games.
On IMDb's "TV General" forum, there is a "television experience" thread posted each week. What follows is my reply to the last thread, please note that not all of the programs listed are public domain, some are copyrighted and cannot be uploaded here. I have included the original code for things like italics, which doesn't work on the Internet Archive:
Episodes I watched during the week included:
"Four Star Playhouse" - [i]Second Dawn[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 4 February 1954. Drama/anthology series. Interesting episode in which a blind man is offered the chance to see, but the operation may only work for a few minutes. (viewed via DVD "Golden Age of Television - Volume 16", though technically as this was a filmed drama instead of a live drama, it isn't a "golden age" drama in the strict sense. The term "golden age of television" usually refers to the live, daring dramas offered by shows like "Studio One" and "Playhouse 90")
"Stage 7" - [i]The Long Count[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 27 March 1955. Drama/anthology series. Entertaining half-hour episode in which detective McGraw is paid to protect a boxer. The character of McGraw was later spun-off into his own series. (viewed via DVD "Golden Age of Television - Volume 16", though while enjoyable this is hardly a highlight of 1950s TV. The acting is variable and the direction is unremarkable. I've seen better from the same series)
"Stage 7" - [i]End of the Line[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 19 June 1955. Drama/anthology series. Very entertaining half-hour episode, it tells an exciting noir-flavoured story about a woman trying to escape from some criminals. Despite being largely set on a bus, it is quite lively. (viewed via DVD "Golden Age of Television - Volume 16")
"Stage 7" - [i]The Hayfield[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 18 September 1955. Comedy/anthology series. (viewed via DVD "Golden Age of Television - Volume 16")
"The Army Game" - [i]The Artist[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 20 December 1960. Sitcom. Unimpressive episode. The series had jumped the shark by this point.
"Meerkat Manor" - [i]The Tale of Ren & Stumpy[/i], but listed as "The Tale of Len & Squiggy" on IMDb. Episode originally broadcast 7 September 2007. Documentary. Such a a sad episode.
"The Dennis Day Show" - [i]The Old Friend[/i]. Not sure when broadcast, as IMDb says 1953 but the commercials suggest 1954 was the date. Sitcom/variety. I got this episode on a collection of old public domain TV episodes. It's an amusingly corny episode, with added musical numbers, and the original commercials for RCA Victor were intact in the copy I viewed.
(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - [i]A Wounded Bird[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 2004. Documentary. Good episode.
(re-watch) "Liberace" - [i]Tribute to the Great Ladies in Theatre[/i]. Episode originally broadcast 1955 (per copyright notice). Music. I have this episode via a collection of old public domain TV episodes (it was registered for copyright, but the copyright was not renewed). This episode is very sappy and corny, as is the rest of the series. But I found it entertaining. His guests including The Duncan Sisters, who reprise dialogue from their politically incorrect 1923 comedy play.
Also during the week I played a number of video games on various consoles, including "Pac-Man Collection", "Mario Kart 8", "Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble", "Mario Kart: Double Dash", "NES Remix 2", "Pinball" (NES game), and "Mario Kart: Super Circuit", among others. On the Atari 7800 (hooked up to an old faux-woodgrain TV set) I played "Pole Position II". Another game I played during the week was "Atari Karts" for the Atari Jaguar.
Also during the week I uploaded public domain (copyright expired) television content to the Internet Archive, including:
"Four Star Playhouse" - Second Dawn (1954, drama/anthology):
"Stage 7" - The Long Count (1955, drama/anthology):
"Stage 7" - End of the Line (1955, drama/anthology):
"Stage 7" - The Hayfield (1955, comedy/anthology):
"The Dennis Day Show" - The Old Friend (either 1953 or 1954, sitcom):
"Liberace" - Tribute to the Great ladies in the Theatre (1955, music)
Unfortunately there is a lot of copyrighted crap being uploaded to the website. Having admins would be nice.
I admit my comment about the admins was a bit rude, but on a site like IMDb nobody would have minded the comment.
This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2014-07-09 09:04:41
This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2014-07-09 09:09:49